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I mainly use this computer for my college needs, and in that aspect, it has been a faithful friend to me. I can jump right into a project or surf the web at speeds that are very satisfactory. I also use this computer for gaming, and in that aspect, I have to say that I'm very happy. Many enthusiasts will say that you need at least $600 to build a "budget" gaming computer, but the fact that this computer does play games, and does so well at it, disproves this elitist point of view. My laptop, which has an i5 in it, can only pull out maybe 7 FPS on Skyrim, but this computer can cruise at a comfortable 40 with some settings turned down. Can I play on ultra high settings? No, but I really don't need to right now. I'm happy that this rig does play all games in my library, and I don't care if I can see every pore on the face of my character. The integrated graphics on the APU are more than I expected really. The beauty of this build is that when I do get money, and I do want to upgrade, all I have to do is install some more RAM, buy a GTX 750 Ti graphics card, and then I can play at Ultra settings if I want. Another wonderful thing about this rig is how quiet it is. I do have a complaint about EVGA not giving me the MIR, all because they have confusing guidelines, but their product gives me nothing to complain about. I do like how this APU doesn't seem to get any hotter than 44 degrees, and the venilation of the case might have something to do with that. All in all, I love this computer and I'm really happy that pcpartpicker was here to help me pick out these great products.

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  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

I highly agree on the APU part. Been using them almost religiously for HTPC/Console replacement builds. And just like you said, mid to high end GPU and done, full class sub $1000 gaming rig. And just a side note for you, not only does higher RAM help with GPU's (memory dedication) but faster RAM too. Been building my HTPC types with 1866 2x4 as a minimum. Able to tweak it a chunk and really get the APU to shine

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Could you start posting your builds ? I like APU Builds

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It's all client builds and I have a disclaimer in my contracts. If they opt out then unfortunately I can't share :( and on top of that I want my first post to be... Something unique. The saved parts lists I have on here after discovering here are client base builds. I give them the hyperlink and they can modify or ask questions as they please

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Oh ok, that stinks though :/ why do they not want you to show off your work ?

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

It's in the same part of the contract as the remote access service plan and other information that can be shared/etc. and most people don't want someone else nose in their computer ;)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

http://ca.pcpartpicker.com/p/2fjVyc Sub $700 for generic user (non overclocker/nerd like us) that's what I typically try to give end users, then we tweak from there. But most that don't want to game I jus make what they want.

EDIT: for those that decide to go through my saved parts list, everything Below Render Unto are client proposals, everything above are my "preconfigured" builds

  • 60 months ago
  • 3 points

Nice rig! +1 I agree with Zigg if you really want to get the most out of that rig aim for 1866 or 2133 or 2400 2X4GB (8GB) kit. Higher the speed the more production you get out of APU's.

Something like one of these: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f32400c11d8gxm

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/gskill-memory-f317000cl9d8gbsr (This is the one I'd choose because of speed and low cas)

Also as for the dedicated GPU if you can swing it go for a gtx 960 4GB version: http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-video-card-gtx960gaming4g (It even comes with a back plate to prevent sag)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Yes, those APUs have excellent memory controllers on them. Use them to their max!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Nice build!

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

When you get the money, what I would do, is upgrade the APU to an A10-7850K and the ram to 8GB 1866 MHZ. If you do that, you could play BF4 at Medium - High settings at 30 - 40 FPS.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Hey, Is your motherboard working well? I'm building a computer and i'm struggling to find a reliable board for not to expensive. I was looking at this board and it firs my criteria.

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

I have no complaints for this board at all. It really is doing a great job. One reason I choose this board over my other choices was the cost and name. MSI is a great brand and I feel the price was fair. I really have more than I need with this board, seeing as how I'm only using two of the six SATA ports and only one of the USB ports. I hope this helped any :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Thank you so much. Its been hard to find a good board, i see a good ASUS board, i read reviews about, some say its amazing and other reviews say it fried there whole system. So thank you. This really did help. :)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

Willy, here is another good fm2+ board that is currently 10 bucks cheaper than the one in this build but uses the a88x chipset which is the most current for fm2+ sockets

http://pcpartpicker.com/part/msi-motherboard-a88xme45

I have not used it myself but I'm looking at it for an athlon x4 860k build. As always with motherboards make sure it has the right connections you need for fans/drives etc.

  • 60 months ago
  • 2 points

Now, do I need to buy a graphics card with this? (I dont see one in the build.)

  • 60 months ago
  • 1 point

No graphics card is actually needed for this build as I'm using an APU, which is a CPU with graphics built in. A graphics card would be an improvement and is something that I want to get eventually, but isn't needed. Hope this helps :)